Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log NE of Nevada City near the Middle Fork of the Yuba River.

Google Earth Photo by Eric Myers
THP 2-19-218 NEV (Dracula THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 612 acres; 40% clearcut, 30% fuel break, 23% commercial thin, 7% no-harvest, 1% selection, misc roadside logging. Squirrel Creek (MD: T18N R10E Sec 17, 18, 19, 20, 21).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, oversized units, 14 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, CA spotted owl, foothill yellow legged frog, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/03/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles NE of Malakoff Diggings State Park (near the Middle Yuba River) and about 10 miles NE of Nevada City, CA at an elevation of 3,440 to 4,500 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut and fuel break tractor based logging operation in Ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, incense cedar and Douglas fir forests.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% with a high erosion hazard in unit 17-705.  They also are planning to construct a segment of steep road with 65% slopes in unit 17-802, and use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% in units 17-705 and 17-802.  14 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2019, a northern goshawk was reported within .8 miles of the nearest THP unit in section 15.  Six foothill yellow legged frog sightings were reported within .02 miles to 1.6 miles from the nearest THP unit in sections 8, 9, 15, 16 and 20.  Five CA spotted owl sightings were reported within .02 to .9 miles from the nearest THP unit in sections 18, 20, 21 and 27.

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